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Swedish Arts Council

The Swedish Arts Council is a public authority under the Swedish Ministry of Culture whose task is to promote cultural development and access, based on the national cultural policy objectives. The Council achieves this by allocating and monitoring state funding, alongside other promotional activities.

Under its mandate, the Swedish Arts Council focuses in particular on developing activities of artistic and cultural merit relating to:

  • independent cultural activities in the performing arts and music
  • literature, arts periodicals, reading promotion and public libraries
  • graphic art and design plus museums and exhibitions
  • regional cultural activities
  • the culture of the Sami people and other national minority groups
  • other cultural areas.

Through its operations, the Swedish Arts Council is required to enact the national cultural policy objectives decided by Parliament and the Government.

Around 75 people work at the central office, located in the Filmhuset building in Gärdet, Stockholm.

The Swedish Arts Council administers the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA).

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